Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
With all the confusion these days about pet nutrition, I thought I’d try to clear up a few misconceptions about pet food/ingredients.
Myth – “It’s just a filler” or “It’s not digestible.”
Fact – Actually, on the contrary. Corn is packed full of very valuable nutrients that support the skin and coat (antioxidants, vitamins A and B, selenium, zinc, amino acids, fatty acids etc.)
It IS very digestible in its “ground” form, the fibrous layer called the hull, protects the corn. Once the hull is broken open, digestive enzymes can break down the fat, carbs and proteins thus, increasing the availability of these nutrients.
Fact an allergy can be caused by ANY ingredient with a protein. A “grain allergy” does certainly occur, but it’s less common than perceived. Grains have been shown to be no more allergenic than any other ingredient.
Myth – “It’s low quality” or “It’s not safe.”
Fact – Meat by-products (basically what’s left of a slaughtered animal: feet, stomachs, intestines, brain, back, lungs etc., after the parts rendered for human consumption are removed) are as safe as any other ingredient, as long as they are correctly sourced from clean, fresh animals that are from a high-quality facility. Hence, the importance of choosing a reputable pet food manufacturer.
The term “by-product” is NOT an indication of nutritional value.
Myth – “It’s easy to balance” or “It’s safe.”
Fact – Raw feeding and/or home-prepared diets CAN be healthy, but they DO require intense work, scientific calculations, nutritional knowledge, safe ingredient sourcing, an understanding and ability to measure ingredient digestibility and vitamin/mineral levels for the diet to be nutritionally balanced.
There is always a risk of bacterial contamination when handling raw meat/foods. Your pet may be able to handle these different pathogens. However, humans usually cannot. Even when strict precautions are taken, the risk can still be high. Raw diets are considered a community health issue and are not supported by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association or the Public Health Agency of Canada.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 506.382.0061. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Wednesday and Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Mountain Road Animal Hospital